How To Make A Wooden Turntable – A Comprehensive Guide

Are you looking for a unique and stylish addition to your home decor? A wooden turntable might just be the perfect solution!

Not only is it functional, but it also adds a touch of rustic charm to any room. And the best part? You can easily make one yourself with just a few tools and some scrap wood boards.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps of creating your very own wooden turntable, from cutting the boards to assembling the final product.

So let’s get started!

How To Make A Wooden Turntable

Step 1: Cut the boards to size

The first step in making a wooden turntable is to cut your scrap wood boards to the desired size and shape. You can choose to make your turntable circular or square, depending on your preference.

Use any tools you have in your workshop, such as a jigsaw, a scroll saw, or a band saw. For larger turntables, you may need to cut the boards into several pieces and then join them together.

Step 2: Joint the boards

Once you have cut your boards to size, it’s time to joint them. This means making sure that the edges of the boards are straight and parallel with each other.

If you have a jointer, this process is easy. Simply run each board through the jointer until both edges are straight and parallel. If you don’t have a jointer, you can use a table saw to achieve the same result.

Place a level alongside your table saw’s fence and press the more concave edge of the board against the level. Then adjust the saw fence so the blade will take a sliver off the other edge of the board, and push the board and level together to make the cut. This will create a straight edge that is perpendicular to the board’s bottom face. Next, flip the board around, keeping the same face down, and trim the other edge using the table saw fence like normal (without the level). Do this with all of the boards for the panels.

Step 3: Assemble the turntable

Once you have jointed all of your boards, it’s time to assemble your turntable. Start by arranging your panels in a circular or square shape, making sure that they fit together snugly.

Next, glue each panel together using wood glue and clamps. Be sure to wipe away any excess glue with a damp cloth before it dries.

Finally, sand down any rough edges or surfaces with sandpaper until your turntable is smooth and ready for use.

Gathering Materials And Tools

Before you begin making your wooden turntable, you will need to gather the necessary materials and tools. Here is a list of what you will need:

1. Scrap wood – You can use any type of wood for your turntable, but make sure it is thick enough to be sturdy.

2. Saw – You will need a saw to cut your boards to size. A jigsaw, scroll saw, or band saw will work.

3. Drill and drill bits – You will need a drill to make holes for the bolts that will hold your turntable together.

4. Double sticky tape – This will be used to attach the CDs to the turntable.

5. Bolts and nuts (cap nuts) – These will hold your turntable together.

6. Old CDs – You will need these to create a non-slip surface on your turntable.

7. Non-toxic clear spray shellac – This will serve as a food-safe sealant for the finished board.

8. Brass knob (optional) – If you want to add an extra retro effect to your DIY Lazy Susan, you can add a brass knob to the edge.

Make sure you have all of these materials and tools before you start making your wooden turntable. This will ensure that the process goes smoothly and that you don’t have to stop in the middle of the project to go out and buy something you forgot.

Measuring And Cutting The Wood Boards

Before you can joint your boards, you need to measure and cut them to the desired size. Start by cutting your scrap wood boards to the depth of the cabinet using a track saw.

Next, measure and mark for the four sides of the box. For now, work on the piece as one giant board instead of cutting the sides out individually. This will make it easier to ensure that all the pieces fit together perfectly.

Once you have marked your boards, attach the 1×3 inch oak to the front of the plywood using a mortising drill, floating tenons, and wood glue. Run the board through the table saw to get the front piece of the oak to the correct dimension.

Using a router, round off the front edge of the oak and make a rabbet cut on the back end of the panel. Set the track saw to 45 degrees. Then, cut one side of each panel where it was marked. Once all the pieces are cut, flip the board upside down and make the opposing 45 degree cuts.

Hold the boards together where the miters come together and mark both sides with a pencil. Then, angle the mortising drill to 45 degrees and drill mortises for the floating tenons at an angle.

Assemble the box using the floating tenons, wood glue, and a hammer. Clamp the box together and give it about half an hour to set up.

Cut the 1×4 inch red oak to size so it will fit inside the box towards the top and attach it to the box using the same floating tenon system.

Cut the molding to size on the miter saw to fit around the edges of the box and miter the corners. Sand everything using a circular sander. Start with 100 grit and work up to 220 grit sandpaper. Wipe off excess dust from sanding with a tack cloth.

Apply a wood conditioner to the box using a paintbrush. Allow it to dry. Apply a wood stain to the box with a brush and then wipe off excess with a rag. Allow each coat to dry before applying another coat. In this case, four coats were needed to ensure a smooth, even finish.

Attach legs to the base of your turntable using provided hardware and a drill.

Sanding And Finishing The Wood

After assembling your wooden turntable, the next step is to sand and finish the wood. Sanding is a crucial step in woodworking as it helps to create a smooth, polished surface that is ready for finishing.

Begin by sanding both sides of the turntable with 60-grit paper to ensure that the surface is flat. Next, use an orbital sander to move through the remaining grits: 80, 120, 150, and finally 220. It’s important to note that going higher than 220-grit can close the pores of the wood, making it harder for the oil finish to soak in. Therefore, 220-grit is sufficient for this project.

If you used scrap wood with different tones or species, this is where you can get creative and showcase the unique patterns and colors. Once you’ve sanded both sides of the turntable, it’s time to cut out the circle in the center. Use a string and a pencil or pen to guide your jigsaw around the wood and make a clean circle. Be sure to clamp your wood to a stable surface when cutting to avoid any unnecessary movement.

After cutting out the circle, sand down any rough edges or surfaces with sandpaper until they are smooth to the touch. It’s important to sand the edges completely since they will be front and center when using your new turntable.

Once you’ve finished sanding, it’s time to apply a finish to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the wood. You can use an oil-based finish or a water-based finish depending on your preference. Apply the finish with a brush or cloth, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow the finish to dry completely before using your new wooden turntable.

Adding The Turntable Platter And Bearing

After assembling the wooden turntable, it’s time to add the platter and bearing. This is a crucial step in ensuring that your turntable functions properly and produces high-quality sound.

To begin, you will need to source the necessary parts for the platter and bearing. One option is to purchase new parts from a turntable manufacturer, but this can be expensive. Another option is to source used parts from other turntables or even from motorcycles, as the previous text suggests.

The platter is the circular plate that sits on top of the turntable and holds the record. The bearing is the mechanism that allows the platter to rotate smoothly and evenly. The previous text suggests using a Harley-Davidson intake valve and valve guide, along with a steel ball, for the bearing.

Once you have acquired the necessary parts, it’s time to install them. Begin by attaching the bearing to the bottom of the platter. The valve guide should fit snugly into a hole in the center of the platter, with the intake valve sitting on top of it. The steel ball should sit on top of the intake valve.

Next, install the motor and belt according to your turntable’s specifications. This will provide power to rotate the platter.

Finally, apply lubrication to the bearing. The previous text suggests using HD-50 grade engine oil for this purpose. Apply a small amount of oil to the steel ball and valve guide to ensure smooth rotation.

With your platter and bearing installed and lubricated, your wooden turntable is now ready for use. Enjoy high-quality audio from your homemade creation!